We rescued our little girl from North Carolina via "dogsInDanger"......Ginger was roughly 3 months old and we knew of her medical issues prior to adopting her (demodex mange) We took her to the vets pronto for a check up, she was placed on ivermectin and wellieda oil(sp) for itching.....We tried taking Ginger off of the ivermectin 9 months into treatment, but she started showing signs of the mange coming back, so back on it she went....she is now going on a year of being on it....I wonder how long she will have to be on it...The new vet we found (and love) said it could be a life long battle....has anyone else ever dealt with demodex on a long period and if so how long and were you ever able to get your dog off of the medication?
Some information on what I have done treating juvenile demodectic mange.
Dosing starts at the low end (subtherapeutic) of treatment range and moves up slowly to actual treatment dose and maintain until signs of demodex resolve. The reason for starting at a low dose is to see if dog is sensitive to ivermectin.
Along the way you will prolly have to deal with skin infection associated with the demodex and may need anti-biotics so watch dog close. A good anti itch like Microtek shampoo or anti-fungal for dogs will help.
The whole reason for this demodex mange problem is a weak immune system , so , feed the best kibble you can and give a fish oil caplet (regular strength) daily. For example: If you can get Wellness Simple Solutions Venison formula it would be a good choice. IMO
Effective treatment range I've used : Ivermectin 1% 300-600 mcg/kg by mouth every 24 hours. More on this later.
I do not know anything on the oil you are using for itching.
Post back on dosage of Ivermectin and other general info when you can. Also a picture of the affected area would be helpful.
Be patient , you can do this and things will get better.